One of the main selling points among Michael Steele’s supporters was his ability to effectively communicate, and his first press conference since being elected chairman went smoothly.
“This is a new moment for our party,” he said, noting that Republicans didn’t live up to the Contract With America. “This is a dawn of a new party, moving in a new direction, with strength of conviction.”
Asked whether he would come to the defense of Rush Limbaugh, Steele said Limbaugh has a right to say what he wants, and that, “Rush can handle himself and he seems to be doing a good job of it right now.”
And to grassroots conservatives, he had a message: “Get ready to work.”